Those are pretty cool slogans. But I always thought of them as specific to only BYU students. I have come to realize though, that it is true of all of us born to this earth (even Ute fans. I was totally kidding there. I’m more of a Ute fan than I let on). We came to earth to learn and gain knowledge. With that knowledge we can serve and help others. Our learning is not limited to classrooms and church buildings. The world is our campus—we can seek learning from all good sources.
In Doctrine and Covenants 88 we read, “Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand;
79 Of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms—
We each have a mission on this earth. Some of us will become teachers. Some of us will become missionaries. Some of us will become doctors and nurses. Some of us will become writers, scientists, or engineers. Some of us will become Young Women’s Presidents or Sunbeam teachers. Many of us will become mothers. Whatever it is that we will become, we will need knowledge to help us in our work.
Brigham Young said, “Every discovery in science and art, that is really true and useful to mankind, has been given by direct revelation from God. … We should take advantage of all these great discoveries … and give to our children the benefit of every branch of useful knowledge, to prepare them to step forward and efficiently do their part in the great work” (Deseret News, 22 Oct. 1862, 129).
We will find it difficult to rise to our true potential without both spiritual and secular knowledge.
I have seen the importance of education over and over again in my life. As a missionary I was grateful to my parents and young women leaders who had helped me gain a testimony and take part in gospel teaching—the spiritual knowledge I had made it possible for me to share it with others. The experiences I had on my mission have changed my life forever. When I was in college studying to become a teacher—I felt impressed many times that teaching would be a great part of my mission in life, giving me the opportunity to have a positive impact on Heavenly Father’s children. I don’t know how I could fulfill that calling if I had not always taken my education seriously and been to college to earn my teaching degree. As a mother I am grateful for the knowledge I gained and the experience I had babysitting my cousins, niece and nephews, and neighbors. I am grateful for the knowledge I have of the importance of the family in God’s plan. I am grateful for the Relief Society and it’s purpose of educating and supporting mothers in their important role.
Joseph Smith taught “whatever principle of intelligence we attain … in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.” During challenging times, it is even more important to learn. The Prophet Joseph taught, “Knowledge does away with darkness, [anxiety], and doubt; for these cannot exist where knowledge is.”
Education is one of greatest investments you will ever make, helping you to be an influence for good in the world. Remember, you have entered this world to learn, so that you can go forth to serve.